Being a full time mom can be exhausting and rewarding all at the same time. Same thing goes for working in the music industry, regardless of your job title. Imagine combing the two crazy worlds and enjoying every single minute of it! From packing school lunches with juice boxes to setting out waters for a band before they take the stage, these two lifestyles combine forces to a very very small group of women in the music industry. With today being Mother’s Day we felt it was important to take some time to give recognition to these few moms that stand strong in a male dominant industry while holding down a household and raising children. These women have some inspiring stories and prove both are possible.
Joti Arzola - California
Joti is one of those moms that we all wanted growing up. In 2010 her now 21 year old daughter and friends started their band Paradigm and ever since then Joti has been managing them along the way. Talk about a cool mom in our book. We asked what is Joti’s favorite thing about being a mother and here is what she had to say: “I love just seeing my daughter be unique and creative and smart. I love that we have a relationship were we can talk openly and honestly to one another. I love that she trusts me. That is the ultimate goal for me as a mom. That she trusts me.” These two are the mother/daughter relationship that is too beautiful beyond words. Check out Paradigm and show them some love for us!
Lindsay Davis - Indiana
As if being a mother isn’t hard enough but try being a mother of 4 and but try doing it and still managing time to do what you love. That’s Lindsay in a nut shell. With her kids ages ranging from teen to young child (15, 12, 9 and 4), that didn’t stop her from pushing to do what made her happy. Being a photographer for 5 years now, Lindsay got started in photography in a way thats more meaningful than some may never understand. “I've always been really heavy into the music scene since high school. After recovering from a prescription drug addiction, I picked up a camera as a coping mechanism to help my recovery. My friend Dan in Set it Off invited me to come to a show and encouraged me to bring my camera. And that was my starting point.” From late night shows and editing to early morning routines, Lindsay does it all with strength and a good head on her shoulders. What does she think is the hardest part about being in this industry and being a mother? She gave us the sweetest answer possible: “That my boys aren't into going to shows haha. They don't care for the genre I work most in.” But don’t worry everyone…her 4 year old daughter loves Veil of Maya so everything will be ok!
Kathleen Mallott - Ohio
Hard work and dedication is what makes Kathleen stand out to us. Being a single mother to a 9 year old daughter, Kathleen works her butt off in this industry all while being the best mother a daughter could look up to. Starting out as an intern for Tragic Hero Records three years ago, Kathleen began realizing that with her history as a journalist/photographer that she wanted to get involved with publicity. As soon as she was officially into her position, she knew thats where she wanted to be. Kathleen says “I love being able to be a part of getting these bands music and stories out.” She is currently now working for Needful Things Records as well as Tragic Hero Records still. So with that busy schedule and juggling parenthood we wanted to know what is the hardest part about being a mom in this industry. With love and an honest answer she says “ Being a mom is a 24/7 job as is being a publicist. The toughest thing is finding balance. I'm constantly checking my email, sending texts and jumping on calls (sometimes even at 2am because a band is out of the country), but I am very lucky that I have an amazing relationship with Peyton and she understands my job. It definitely helps that she's a huge fan of the bands I work with. Passion for music is something we share and she loves seeing what I'm working on. Plus, she loves the perks of getting to meet some of her favorite bands.“
Ami Rogers - Arizona
Being a mom of 3 (20, 18 and 16) and running her own artist management company, Ami has created a well balanced team in her household. Ami got into her position about 3 years go and now runs her own business called Square 1 Creative Management working with Weslynn, Sunday At Noon and People Who Could Fly. Ami told us “I got into it when I moved to Arizona 3 years ago. I have always been employed or volunteered in the fields of the Arts and education. I had developed film and music festivals and booked talent for my small venue in a rural town in Nevada for 3 years. I met some incredible talent from Arizona who became friends. When I got divorced and moved to Phoenix to be closer to my family, I reconnected with them and one particular band member was very persuasive in getting me to consider managing.” With a strong team dynamic with her kids, Ami’s clan helps out by jumping right in with selling merch at times and her 16 year old daughter even does concert photography. She couldn’t ask for a a better team. To Ami her family and bands are all like one unit to her and finding balance is hard but she makes it work. “The most difficult part about being a mom in the industry is finding balance between work and family. I think that this is true of most industries but is particularly true in the entertainment industry. I take a very personal, full service approach to managing my bands. I do everything from helping develop their overall growth strategies to driving them on tour.” Ami then added, “I try to spend as much time as possible trying to support them and help them find and develop their individual passions. Our lifestyle at home is a little unconventional but it works for us.”